WestJet Reports Record December Load Factor of 79.3 Per Cent



    Airline's December traffic results cap off a record fourth quarter and
    year

    CALGARY, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced a record
December load factor of 79.3 per cent. This was accompanied by 15.2 per cent
capacity growth, measured in available seat miles, and an increase in RPMs
(revenue passenger miles) of 17.1 per cent.
    Compared to the full year 2006, the airline ended 2007 with a record load
factor of 80.7 per cent, full year capacity growth of 16.1 per cent and RPM
growth of 19.9 per cent.
    Sean Durfy, WestJet President and CEO commented, "Driven by a healthy
Canadian economy and the superior value we deliver to our guests, our December
traffic results capped off a record fourth quarter and 2007. Our exceptional
guest experience has established WestJet as a strong brand coast to coast. I
would like to thank our WestJetters for their hard work and dedication to
making WestJet a great airline.
    "These results are a strong springboard to 2008. Despite the rising price
of oil, we are confident our plans for the coming year remain on track. We
look forward to beginning scheduled service to our newest Hawaiian destination
of Kona in January. We ended 2007 with a fleet of 70 Boeing Next-Generation
737s and believe we are well positioned to add seven more aircraft in 2008.
With 16 per cent more capacity to be added in 2008, our network and schedule
will provide even more choice and value for our guests."

    
    December 2007 Traffic Results

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                              December 2007   December 2006  Per cent change
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    Load Factor                       79.3%           78.0%         1.3 pts.
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    Available Seat Miles      1.322 billion   1.148 billion            15.2%
     (ASM)
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    Revenue Passenger Miles   1.049 billion   0.896 billion            17.1%
     (RPM)
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                                    Q4 2007         Q4 2006  Per cent change
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    Load Factor                       77.7%           75.5%         2.2 pts.
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    Available Seat Miles      3.819 billion   3.315 billion            15.2%
     (ASM)
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    Revenue Passenger Miles   2.968 billion   2.502 billion            18.6%
     (RPM)
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                             Full Year 2007  Full Year 2006  Per cent change
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    Load Factor                       80.7%           78.2%         2.5 pts.
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    Available Seat Miles     14.545 billion  12.524 billion            16.1%
     (ASM)
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    Revenue Passenger Miles  11.739 billion   9.792 billion            19.9%
     (RPM)
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    Sean Durfy added, "In December the weather challenged our WestJetters and
they came through with flying colours. RASM for the month showed improvement
over December 2006. I have great admiration and appreciation for our people
who delivered record high load factors throughout the year while maintaining a
level of service that is unrivaled."

    This disclosure may contain forward-looking statements and are subject
to, and may be affected by, numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which
are beyond WestJet's control. WestJet's results may differ materially from
those expressed in or implied by such statements. Factors that could cause or
contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: changes in
government policy, exchange rates, interest rates, disruption of supplies,
volatility of fuel prices, terrorism, general economic conditions, the
competitive environment and other factors described in WestJet's public
reports and filings. Forward-looking statements are subject to change and
WestJet does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking
information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.





For further information:

For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, (403) 444-2615,
Website: www.westjet.com


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